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12 June 2023 - The UK and the Arctic Environment - Oral evidence

Environmental Audit Sub-Committee on Polar Research
The UK and the Arctic Environment

Monday 12 June 2023

Start times: 4:00pm (private) 4:15pm (public)

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Leading Arctic scientists to appear before EAC sub-committee to discuss international collaboration and Government support

The Environmental Audit Committee’s sub-committee on polar research will hear from UK Arctic scientists on areas ranging from international collaboration following Russian tensions in the region, and whether they have enough support from the UK Government to undertake their crucial work.

Meeting details

At 4:15pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK and the Arctic Environment
Senior Adviser at Arctic Frontiers
Head of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University, and Director at Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling
Reader, Geography and Planning at University of Liverpool
Principal Investigator at BIOPOLE
At 5:15pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK and the Arctic Environment
Director of Science at British Antarctic Survey
Director of Strategic Partnerships at Natural Environment Research Council
Head of the Natural Environment Research Council Arctic Office at NERC Arctic Office at the British Antarctic Survey

Across two panels, MPs will be seeking to explore:

  • How UK research on Arctic science can be strengthened;
  • How UK scientists are funded, and whether the infrastructure in place to support their work is sufficient;
  • The importance of international scientific collaboration, including the impact that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had.

The evidence session comes following analysis that the Arctic is likely to be ice-free in September by the 2030s, with 90% of the melting resulting from human-caused global warming.


Room 15, Palace of Westminster

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